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  Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware
Create your own Arduino-based designs, gain in-depth knowledge of the architecture of Arduino, and learn the user-friendly Arduino language all in the context of practical projects that you can build yourself at home. Get hands-on experience using a variety of projects and recipes for everything from home automation to test equipment. Arduino has taken off as an incredibly popular building block among ubicomp (ubiquitous computing) enthusiasts, robotics hobbyists, and DIY home automation developers. Authors Jonathan Oxer and Hugh Blemings provide detailed instructions for building a wide range of both practical and fun Arduino-related projects, covering areas such as hobbies, automotive, communications, home automation, and instrumentation. Take Arduino beyond "blink" to a wide variety of projects from simple to challenging Hands-on recipes for everything from home automation to interfacing with your car engine management system Explanations of techniques and references to handy resources for ubiquitous computing projects Supplementary material includes a circuit schematic reference, introductions to a range of electronic engineering principles and general hints & tips. These combine with the projects themselves to make Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware an invaluable reference for Arduino users of all levels. You'll learn a wide variety of techniques that can be applied to your own projects. What you'll learn Communication with serial devices including RFID readers, temperature sensors, and GPS modules Connecting Arduino to Ethernet and WiFi networks Adding synthesized speech to Arduino Linking Arduino to web services Decoding data streams from commercial wireless devices How to make DIY prototyping shields for only a couple of dollars
  Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets (bok)
Want to build your own robots, turn your ideas into prototypes, or control devices with a computer? It's a snap with this book and the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform. Get started with six fun projects and achieve impressive results quickly. You'll gain the know-how and experience you need to invent your own gadgets. With Arduino, building your own embedded gadgets is easy, even for beginners. This book will teach you the basics of embedded systems and help you build your first gadget in just a few days. Each learn-as-you-build project that follows will add to your knowledge and skills. Features: Experiment with Arduino Build robots and electronic projects with easy-to-follow instructions Turn your ideas into working physical prototypes Use Android phones as remote controls in your projects
  Arduino Cookbook
Create your own toys, remote controllers, alarms, detectors, robots, and many other projects with the Arduino development board. This simple microcontroller lets artists and designers build a variety of amazing objects and prototypes that interact with the physical world. With this cookbook you can dive right in and experiment with more than a hundred tips and techniques, no matter what your skill level is. The recipes in this book provide solutions for most common problems and questions Arduino users have, including everything from programming fundamentals to working with sensors, motors, lights, and sound, or communicating over wired and wireless networks. You'll find the examples and advice you need to begin, expand, and enhance your projects right away. Features: Get to know the Arduino development environment Understand the core elements of the Arduino programming language Use common output devices for light, motion, and sound Interact with almost any device that has a remote control Learn techniques for handling time delays and time measurement Use simple ways to transfer digital information from sensors to the Arduino device Create complex projects that incorporate shields and external modules Use and modify existing Arduino libraries, and learn how to create your own
  Robot Builders Bonanza
Have fun while learning how to design, construct, and use small robots! This richly illustrated guide offers everything you need to know to construct sophisticated, fully autonomous robots that can be programmed from your computer. Fully updated with the latest technologies and techniques, Robot Builders Bonanza, Fourth Edition includes step-by-step plans that take you from building basic motorized platforms to giving the machine a brain--and teaching it to walk, talk, and obey commands. This robot builders paradise is packed with more than 100 affordable projects, including 10 completely new robot designs. The projects are modular and can be combined to create a variety of highly intelligent and workable robots of all shapes and sizes. Mix and match the projects to develop your own unique creations. The only limit is your imagination!
  Making Things See
When Microsoft's Kinect hardware hit the DIY world, it sparked a lot of very awesome projects. The Kinect let's computers see which opens up all kinds of new doors for interactive development. In Making Things See, author Greg Borenstein leads the reader through half a dozen meaty projects that cover everything from pose detection to 3D scanning! This title from the Make: library is perfect for makers, artists, gamers, even hobbyists. If you've seen some of the cool things people are doing with the Kinect and wondered how you could get in on the action, this is the book for you. Features: Create Kinect applications on Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux Track people with pose detection and skeletonization, and use blob tracking to detect objects Analyze and manipulate point clouds Make models for design and fabrication, using 3D scanning technology Use MakerBot, RepRap, or Shapeways to print 3D objects Delve into motion tracking for animation and games Build a simple robot arm that can imitate your arm movements Discover how skilled artists have used Kinect to build fascinating projects Info: Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Make Pages: 440 Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-0707-3 ISBN 10: 1-4493-0707-8
  Practical Arduino Engineering
Arduino boards have impressed bothhackers and professional engineers. Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional,it isn't just a breadboard and a hazy idea that keeps you going. It's essential to institute a proper design, device instrumentation and, indeed, test your project thoroughly before committing to a particular prototype. Practical Arduino Engineering begins by outlining the engineering process, from the basicrequirements andpreliminary design to prototyping and testing. Each and every chapter exemplifies this process anddemonstrates howyoucan profit from the implementationsolid engineering principlesregardless of whether you just play in your basement or you want to publicize and sell your devices. Arduino is a brilliant prototyping platform that allows users to test and iterate design ideas. Imitation by other Arduino makers, hackers and engineers oftenproves your design's popularity. Practical Arduino Engineeringwill teachyou to follow the engineering processcarefully; over time, you will be able to review and improve this process, and even extend its scope. Practical Arduino Engineering is notpurely theoretical. In addition, you'll learn the process of hardware engineering as applicable to Arduino projects, and the importance of the process in each and every projectpresented in this book. To set the stage, Practical Arduino Engineering begins by reviewing the Arduino software landscape,then shows howto set upan Arduino project for testing. Even if you already know your compiler toolchain and the basics of Arduino programming, this refresher course can helpfill inthe gaps andexplain whyyour compiler mayspit out certain error messages. Practical Arduino Engineering then gradually builds up the engineering process, from single devices like LCDs, potentiometers and GPS modules, to the integration of several modules into larger projects, such as a wireless temperature measurement system, and ultimatelyan entire robot. The engineering projects become progressively more challenging throughout the first 4 engineering chapters. Next, you'll proceed with simple steps towards the first intelligent part of a robot:the object detector. You'll find yourself teaching your robot how to avoid very hot objects or insurmountable obstacles. The basic design requirements for a complete robot and, indeed, the detailed design and prototyping for robots can be extremely tricky, which is why engineering discipline is invaluable. Practical Arduino Engineering thenenters the world of domestic engineering by introducing home alarm systemsnot quite as simple as they seem. A solid, robust system can only be built by following the engineering processdetailed inprevious chapters, and this section reinforces that process. You'll thentake a step further in your Arduino engineering process: instrumentat...
  Practical Raspberry Pi
Practical Raspberry Pi takes you quickly through the hardware and software basics of the Raspberry Pi. Author Brendan Horan then gets you started on a series of fun and practical projects, including a simple temperature sensor, a media center, a real-time clock, and even a security monitoring device, all of which require minimal programming experience. Along with these projects, you'll learn all about the Raspberry Pi hardware, including how it can be so powerful and still so small and inexpensive, why it's so suitable as a video player, and how you can customize it for different tasks, including running different operating systems on it, including Android and RISC OS. The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive but relatively powerful little computer. It was designed to get kids interested in computing and programming, but it's also a great platform for hardware hackery. The projects in this book will get you deep into the hardware to show you what the Raspberry Pi can really do. What you'll learn: * An overview of Raspberry Pi hardware * How to get your Pi up and running with Linux * How to use your Pi for sensing temperature and driving a simple character LCD * How to create a media player with your Raspberry Pi * How to use your Pi as a serial console server * How to set up your Pi to be a security monitoring device * Other operating systems for your Pi, including Gentoo, Android, and RISC OS Table of Contents Introduction Power and power sources Electronics overview Tools you'll need Chapter 1: Raspberry Pi Hardware Inputs and Outputs Overview of the ARM11 CPU Overview of the Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU Headers and pin out schematics Notes on unusable headers Chapter 2: Software Overview and Installing Linux Why hard-float vs. soft-float is important Installing Fedora Optimizing Fedora to run from the SD Chapter 3: Using GPIO: A Simple Temperature Sensor Overview and warnings about Pi's GPIO Connecting the sensor Writing the code to read the temperature Chapter 4: Driving a Simple Character LCD Using an LCD controller and GPIO Writing to and controlling the LCD Chapter 5: Security Monitoring Device Chapter 6: Cross-compiling Applications for the Pi Why cross-compiling is a good idea Setting up a cross-compile environment on your desktop GCC tips and tricks Chapter 7: Media Center with Raspberry Pi Installing XBMC Setting up HDMI audio and video Chapter 8: Building a Real-time Clock Add an independent RTC to your Raspberry Pi Chapter 9: Embedded, IP-enabled Serial Console Server Accessing the Pi's UART and building a line-level converter Linux serial port server set-up Chapter 10: Appliance Automation Mains voltage warnings Building the hardware Writing the code to turn the appliance on and off Chapter 11: Other Operating Systems for the Pi Android RISC OS Plan9 Gentoo
  Make a mind-controlled Arduino Robot
Build a robot that responds to electrical activity in your brainits easy and fun. If youre familiar with Arduino and have basic mechanical building skills, this book will show you how to construct a robot that plays sounds, blinks lights, and reacts to signals from an affordable electroencephalography (EEG) headband. Concentrate and the robot will move. Focus more and it will go faster. Let your mind wander and the robot will slow down. Youll find complete instructions for building a simple robot chassis with servos, wheels, sensors, LEDs, and a speaker. You also get the code to program the Arduino microcontroller to receive wireless signals from the EEG. Your robot will astound anyone who wears the EEG headband. This book will help you: * Connect an inexpensive EEG device to Arduino * Build a robot platform on wheels * Calculate a percentage value from a potentiometer reading * Mix colors with an RGB LED * Play tones with a piezo speaker * Write a program that makes the robot avoid boundaries * Create simple movement routines
  Arduino In Action
* Easy to use reference guide * Uses real-world examples * Useful for beginning and advanced users Whether you want to build an autonomous robot, automate your home electronics, or just automatically tweet when the bread is ready, you can do it with Arduino. Arduino is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, open source hardware and software platform. It supports a mind-boggling array of sensors and components that you can use to build nearly anything you can imagine. Arduino in Action is a hands-on guide to prototyping and building electronics using the Arduino platform. Suitable for beginners and advanced users, this easy to follow book begins with the basics and systematically guides you through projects ranging from your first blinking LED through connecting Arduino to devices like game controllers or your iPhone.
  Beginning Arduino 2nd edition
Want to light up a display? Control a touch screen? Program a robot? The Arduino is a microcontroller board that can help you do all of these things, plus nearly anything you can dream up. Even better, it's inexpensive and, with the help of Beginning Arduino, Second Edition, easy to learn. In Beginning Arduino, Second Edition, you will learn all about the popular Arduino by working your way through a set of 50 cool projects. You'll progress from a complete Arduino beginner to intermediate Arduino and electronic skills and the confidence to create your own amazing projects. You'll also learn about the newest Arduino boards like the Uno and the Leonardo along the way. Absolutely no experience in programming or electronics required! Each project is designed to build upon the knowledge learned in earlier projects and to further your knowledge of Arduino programming and electronics. By the end of the book you will be able to create your own projects confidently and with creativity. You'll learn about: * Controlling LEDs * Displaying text and graphics on LCD displays * Making a line-following robot * Using digital pressure sensors * Reading and writing data to SD cards * Connecting your Arduino to the Internet This book is for electronics enthusiasts who are new to the Arduino as well as artists and hobbyists who want to learn this very popular platform for physical computing and electronic art. What youll learn: * Controlling LEDs * Displaying text and graphics on LCD displays * Making a line-following robot * Using digital pressure sensors * Reading and writing data to SD cards * Connecting your Arduino to the Internet Table of Contents: * Introduction * Light 'Em Up * LED Effects * Simple Sounders and Sensors * Driving a DC Motor * Binary Counters * LED Displays * Liquid Crystal Displays * Servos * Steppers and Robots * Pressure Sensors * Touch Screens * Temperature Sensors * Ultrasonic Rangefinders * Reading and Writing to an SD Card * Making an RFID Reader * Communicating over Ethernet Please note: The print version of this title is black and white; the eBook is full color. The color fritzing diagrams are available in the source code downloads on http://www.apress.com/9781430250166
  3D Printing for Dummies
Get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively! 3D printing is no longer just a figment of your imagination. This remarkable technology is coming to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers. 3D printers create 3-dimensional layered models and they allow users to create prototypes that use multiple materials and colors. This friendly-but-straightforward guide examines each type of 3D printing technology available today and gives artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and hobbyists insight into the amazing things 3D printing has to offer. Youll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs with the help of this timely For Dummies guide. Includes information on stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques Covers the potential for the transformation of production and manufacturing, reuse and recycling, intellectual property design controls, and the commoditization of traditional products from magazines to material goods Walks you through the process of creating a RepRap printer using open-source designs, software, and hardware Addresses the limitations of current 3D printing technologies and provides strategies for improved success 3D Printing For Dummies is the must-have guide to make manufacturing your own dynamic designs a dream come true!
  3D-Printers A Beginners Guide
3D printing is a new craft technique that seems like science fiction. Objects appear to be created out of nothing - as if by magic. This book shows you the practice of 3D printing at home. It gives the reader an overview of the basics of this technique and the materials and the knowledge you need for a successful start in the use of 3D printing. The hardware and software you need is described, and tips and tricks for the practical application of 3D printing are given. If you aspire to use 3D printing for your hobby or for spare parts, this book is a guide for your first steps into a new future: - What is 3D printing? - The differences between 3D printers. - The way to your first print. - Software for construction, preparation of printing and the printing process. - Printing practice. - What can I do with my printer? - Printing at service providers.